The holiday season brings with it a host of magical experiences and opportunities to make family memories that will last a lifetime. At the pinnacle comes the annual visit with Santa Claus, and this year the folks at HGTV and Macerich Shopping Centers have teamed-up for an all-new experience aimed at bringing holiday magic to kids and grownups alike with some flourishes that have been upgraded for the social media age. HGTV presents Santa HQ - open now at 15 different locations, including the Fashion Outlets of Chicago in Rosemont, Illinois - not far from Rock Father™ HQ! My wife and I recently took The Rock Daughters™ to visit Santa HQ first-hand, and you're going to want to schedule a visit, too!
One of this year's fantastic releases is the Pearl Jam concert film, Let's Play Two. Filmed live right here in Chicago at the iconic Wrigley Field in August of 2016, the film serves as a beautiful documentary that celebrates the band and their fans during the year that the Chicago Cubs finally won the World Series. This week, the film got something unexpected - a companion video game. The vintage, 8-bit game recalls my many days playing baseball on the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) back in the day, featuring the band members as baseball players in a "home run derby." Play the game online via Pearl Jam's website, and be sure to stick around at the end to hear 8-bit versions of "Alive" and "Jeremy."
The holiday season is an important time here at Rock Father HQ. I often write about holiday traditions, activities and of course, my annual Holiday Wish Guide™. For many families, their wish is simple - to have a roof over their heads and food on the table. The Salvation Army Chicago can help with that - serving communities in Chicago, Northern Illinois, and Lake County, Indiana by providing emergency financial assistance, grocery assistance through local food pantries; educational and recreational programs for children, adults and seniors; in addition to leadership training and character development programs for youth. One thing we make very clear to our daughters is that the season is one of giving, and whenever we see the familiar Red Kettle, The Rock Daughters™ drop some coins and often get a chance to ring the bell.
Red Bull Sound Select is currently in full-swing with their 30 Days in Chicago concert series, and today we've got a new documentary from the folks at Red Bull TV. This and Nothing More: Chicago's Hip Hop Scene is an intimate portrait of three people in the Chicago hip-hop scene -- an up-and-coming, about-to-break female artist (Ravyn Lenae), a influencer/curator (Andrew Barber) and a poet/educator (Kevin Koval) – who are committed to living their lives driven by and in pursuit of their one true passion, hip-hop. Check out the 30 minute documentary below...
Get ready for your little ones' heads to explode! In 2018, the high-energy "Disney Junior Dance Party On Tour" will hit the road to perform 50 shows across the country. Inspired by favorite Disney Junior series, the interactive concert tour includes songs from Mickey and the Roadster Racers, Sofia the First, Elena of Avalor, Doc McStuffins, The Lion Guard, as well as newest hit series Vampirina and Puppy Dog Pals. The live concert will also include a brand-new interactive experience featuring Disney Junior's highly-anticipated series, Muppet Babies, launching in early 2018.
The World Champion Chicago Cubs haven't been too great this year, but 2016 was a big one. It saw the end of "the curse" and a long-awaited World Series win that ignited the interest and excitement of baseball fans not just here in Illinois, but around the world. The Cubs have many famous fans, and among them Eddie Vedder stands out. In fact, 2016 also brought PEARL JAM to Chicago for a pair of shows at Wrigley Field - concerts that are now the subject of a new film entitled Let's Play Two. The first teaser emerged a few days back (see it below), but not much else is known about the release plan at this point. A website for the film offers an email signup for info, and if anything, a fall debut for this year would be pretty cool.